Do I have to be a member of a uniformed service? You must be an active and/or retired member of a uniformed service, which includes police, fire, corrections, military, EMTs and paramedics, and other law enforcement professions. In addition, the challenges you are facing must be related to your service experience. NOTE: Military veterans must have been honorably discharged.
Does this mean I will only be with other uniformed professionals? Yes. USP is dedicated to meeting the exclusive needs of uniformed personnel. We recognize this is often best done in a setting with other individuals who have had similar experiences.
How long is the program? The length of stay varies according to your particular needs, and the level of care you require. That said, an average stay in USP is roughly 10 days.
Will my medical insurance cover the cost of the program? The Uniformed Service Program provides a partial hospitalization level of care. This means treatment is provided during the day, typically 5 to 10 hours per day. Insurance companies vary in the amount of coverage they will provide for this type of service. With your permission we will be happy to contact your insurance company to verify your coverage and any co-pays or deductibles that may apply. Please contact one of our admissions coordinators at 802-258-3700 or click here to submit an online request.
Where do I stay while attending the program? We encourage you to stay at the Retreat’s Inn. During your stay at the Inn, you might share a room with another program participant. The Inn is a beautiful, secluded property that provides a quiet, relaxing, supportive and restorative atmosphere following the intensity of the treatment day. However, you may choose to stay at home if you live locally or at another hotel. We will be happy to provide a list of local hotels if you would prefer that option.
Is there a fee to stay at the Retreat’s Inn? The cost is $86.00/day plus applicable taxes. This fee includes lodging, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and transportation to and from groups and activities held on the Retreat’s main campus. The innkeeper cannot negotiate a reduced fee with guests. The Retreat does expect full payment at the end of your stay. Cash, check, or credit card payments are acceptable.
Does my medical insurance cover the cost of staying at the Inn? It does not. However, you should check with your employment agency or union, if applicable, about possible sources to fund your stay at the Inn.
What types of groups and activities will I participate in? The Retreat’s USP is a brief, rigorous, structured, and supervised program that focuses on stabilization, tackling core issues quickly and effectively, and making a successful transition back to your home community. Groups and activities help clients to act, commit, and take action in important areas of living. You learn by doing, which includes daily experiential exercises involving imagery, movement and other skills to help you relate to painful, private experiences in healthier ways. We will provide you with a copy of the program schedule.
Do I have to participate in all groups and activities? Yes.
Does the USP service involve mostly group therapy? It does. You will work with your peers in a supportive group while focusing on your individual challenges. The emphasis of group therapy is to leave behind behavioral patterns that no longer work and develop practical life skills that will allow you to live a more vital and meaningful life. You will also have an assigned clinician who will meet with you to discuss your specific needs and aftercare planning. You will also meet with a psychiatrist to discuss your treatment and medication options.
What should I bring with me when I join the program? You should bring enough seasonal clothing and hygiene and healthcare products for at least a 14-day stay. Remember to pack clothing that is comfortable. Bring sneakers/footwear appropriate for exercise, and participation in experiential groups and recreational activities.
Can I have visitors while attending the program? Yes. Our staff will collaborate with you regarding visits that support your progress in the program. In addition, we work with families to help them better understand how they can play a positive role both during and after your time in USP.
For information about enrolling in the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program, please call 802-258-3700, or go to ourCentral Intake Department